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Syrian army command says Islamic State beginning to collapse

world Updated: Mar 27, 2016 19:17 IST
Syrian army recaptures Palmyra

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 27 shows Syrian government soldiers monitoring from a viewpoint overlooking the ancient city of Palmyra after they recaptured the site from the control of the Islamic State (IS) group.(AFP)

Syria’s military command said on Sunday it had taken full control of the city of Palmyra, in a victory it said marked the beginning of the collapse of the Islamic State group.

In a statement read out on Syrian television, it said that the recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State also showed that Syrian government forces and their allies were the only force capable of defeating terrorism in Syria.

It said the army and its allies, backed by Syrian and Russian air forces, would continue their campaign against Islamic State, the Nusra Front “and other terrorist groups”. The Syrian government has described all armed factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad as terrorist groups.

Read: Syrian troops recaptures Palmyra from Islamic State